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The Tigers wrapped up the fall camp portion of preseason practice with a scrimmage on Saturday. They’re heading down the home stretch now, less than two weeks shy of the season opener against Wisconsin.
@DellengerAdv who will most likely get redshirted?
— Jeff Dunman (@jeffdunman) August 19, 2014
Answer: It’s really too early to start talking redshirts, but you came here for answers and we’ll provide them for you.
I’d expect LSU to play at least a dozen, if not 15, true freshmen this season. That means about 10 won’t play. Let’s look at the history of LSU and redshirting, though.
The Tigers have redshirted 10, seven and 12 players over the previous three seasons. So we’ll put the number at about eight. Here’s a few I could see redshirting: K Cameron Gamble, LB Donnie Alexander, DB Russell Gage, DT Trey Lealaimatafao, OG Will Clap and OG Garrett Brumfield.
@DellengerAdv Keen's punting was pretty Jekyll/Hide last season. Any indications he will be more consistent in 2014?
— Brett Rushing (@BrettAre) August 19, 2014
Answer: Punter Jamie Keehn was, indeed, inconsistent last season. This is a tough question to answer since we can’t watch practices or scrimmages, but coach Les Miles did say that Keehn “punted the hell out of it” during Tuesday’s scrimmage.
@DellengerAdv doesn't Les' conservative approach favor Jennings' style of play? (Restated)
— Sacramento Pelicans (@phelpsalot) August 19, 2014
Answer: Yep. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Les Miles isn’t what you’d call a risk taker at the quarterback position. He likes to pound the ball and play solid defense.
Anthony Jennings, a veteran, would seem to be the natural pick for Miles. Jennings has at least one college start, and he’s been in the program a year longer than freshman Brandon Harris.
That said, Miles has proven at least one thing over the last few years: He’ll play freshmen, especially if they’re good. But at the quarterback position? He did it with Jordan Jefferson. So, maybe.
@DellengerAdv How's he and Brandon Harris' relationship off the field?
— Justin Dufour (@dufour1991) August 19, 2014
Answer: They’re not best friends. Each says they have a relationship, and their high school coaches say the same, but no one’s saying that they’re best buds who hang out all of the time.
Look, they’re major college football players competing for the most prestigious spot on the field. They don’t have to be super close. Harris mentioned at media day that reserve QB Brad Kragthorpe has been a mentor to him.
@DellengerAdv who would YOU pick as your starter? I know we have been able to watch them play side-by-side so I'm curious what you think…
— Cody Bellaire (@CMBellaire) August 19, 2014
Answer: Man, that’s no softball of a question. It’s so tough to say since we’re not allowed to watch practice and scrimmages.
I can only judge from the spring game and rumblings from sources who are allowed to watch practice. I’d play the best passer, and I tend to believe that’s Brandon Harris.
@DellengerAdv Do we know anything about Fournette's ability to protect the ball? We know Les can't stand RBs fumbling.
— Kyle Whitfield (@Kyle_Whitfield) August 19, 2014
Answer: Yeah, you don’t want to be fumbling if you play for Miles. Remember what happened to J.C. Copeland last season? Fumbled on the 1-yard line against Alabama and never touched the ball the rest of the year.
Anyway, no we don’t know about Fournette’s ball security. But his arms are strong and that can’t be a negative. After a scrimmage recently Miles did mention that the ball security with LSU’s running backs was good.
With all of the hype surrounding this guy, I’d imagine he knows how to hold on to the football, but we won’t know for sure until the real games begin.
@DellengerAdv Does Anthony Jennings being QB over Brandon Harris affect who would be the leading WR?
— Will Rucker (@Will_Rucker3_AD) August 19, 2014
Answer: I don’t think so, but it’s certainly possible. We do know that Harris has a relationship with Fournette and Malachi Dupre. That trio has been working out together since National Signing Day. And we saw Dupre and Harris hook up a lot in practice during the first week of fall camp.
Meanwhile, it’s clear that Jennings has a relationship with Dural (remember this).
@DellengerAdv who would you expect to have a bigger impact this year between Dupre and Quinn?
— CM21 (@cmayeux7) August 19, 2014
Answer: Two weeks ago, I would have told you Dupre. Right now, I’m telling you Quinn.
That said, I think both Quinn and Dupre are in line to receive substantial playing time this season. Quinn is being used throughout the field, even taking some handoffs in the I-back, according to comments from Miles.
Dupre seems to be the tall, lanky speedster on the outside, but he’s been suffering from a lingering injury and has missed much of fall camp. He returned for Tuesday’s scrimmage.